Tech Minute: Tips to conserve your laptop's battery Video
Tech Minute: Tips to conserve your laptop's battery Video Transcript
E-mailing, editing photos and listening to music can all take a toll in your laptop's battery life. One simple step to improve it is to stop multi-tasking. All those open programs will drain your battery much faster. If you use your laptop for the office suite, turn off the auto-safe function on Word and Excel because they keep saving at regular intervals, they work your hard drive harder than it may have to. Devices that plug in through a USB port like a mouse or MP3 charger will surely drain your laptop battery. Remove or shut them down when not in use and the same goes for Wi-Fi. Turn it off when it's not needed. Some of the worst battery-sucking offenders are CD and DVD drives. Just having a disc in the drive can be power consuming as they spin and take energy even when they're not actively being used. And finally, your battery and laptop operate much more efficiently when they're cooler. In San Francisco, I'm Kara Tsuboi, CNET.com for CBS News.
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